Saturday, May 10, 2008

Survival of the fittest

Nature isn't the benevolent loving motherly figure that it is made out to be. Nature is harsh, ever changing and never predictable. It keeps throwing challenges at the creatures who inhabit it. So, there is a constant struggle for existence. Only the fittest survive. By the fittest, I do not refer to the one with the most potential or the one with superiority. Dinosaurs were big, superior and powerful. But, they were wiped out. Roaches and bugs survived - through millions of years. By their sheer ability to adapt.

Adapt. That is the key word. The ability to adjust to Change that is constantly occurring in Nature. And, this theory of Darwin isn't limited only to classical Evolution as it is studied. It applies to us, to our everyday lives as well.

More often than not, it so happens that things do not go according to our plans. Murphy rules and all that could possibly go wrong, will. In this kind of a 'race' which is unfair, where some are having it easy only because they haven't had obstacles in their path; it is but natural that the guy doing the hurdles race gets disheartened. But, in this kind of a hostile environment, the true survivor is the one who can adapt to this situation the soonest. Who can take in his stride the situation he is in and try to make the most of it. Who can control his mind and not brood over what went by but focus on what lies ahead.

And, as Martina Navratilova said, "The moment of success is too brief to live for it and it alone".
Life is long and, in the long run, it always evens out.

I know this might be a little preachy, and, is surely easier said than done, but I have my reasons for putting it up.


Nissim said...

I disagree with the last line.
Life is not necessarily long...and it might be short enough that the inequities may not get evened out.
Things might get evened out across ppl but not necessarily across a lifetime.
Life is non-ergodic.

Nissim said...

and by the way we experience the benevolence of Nisarga Mata regularly dont we?

Bastet said...

hmm. True. But there is a possibility that it might as well. And, tht possibility is worth living for. It is easier to live life with an optimistic outlook than a fatalistic one. Better to believe that better things are in store, than continually telling yourself that nothing good is going to happen anyway. You project your thoughts in your actions.

Abhishek Bhat said...

After the resent turn of events I have learnt to never underestimate Murphy. I'd planned for the worst and had a 4 day buffer in case things went wrong. The worst was ever worse and ended up with 3 all nighters.

As far as the last line there goes, so far while things seem to have worked out well in the long run I wonder whether its a case of "whatever happens, happens for the best" or whether its a case of "reconcile, compromise and carry on"

Bastet said...

@ second comment

Oh yes, we do! :) Life would be tough if she remained silent.

Bastet said...

@ Abhishek

ouch @ the all-nighters. :(

And, what matters is your perspective. You can call it adaptation or you can call it reconciliation. It is a classic case of the cup half full or the cup half empty.

The particular door of opportunity you want might not open up, but, among the ones that do, if you choose the one you will be least unhappy about, then, destroy all the other "it might have beens" and tell yourself, well, this is the way it will be, and, give it your best, it is bound to pay returns. As someone said - the saddest words ever are "It might have been..."

Abhishek Bhat said...

I beg to differ. There is still that difference between being happy and being least unhappy. You can take life where you want it to go or you can let it take you where it wants you to go.

Guess thats a constant struggle filled with success and compromise. Its when the scales tilt a little too much in favour of the compromises that it begins to hurt.

As you put it; one needs to forget the 'might have beens' but there are important lessons they give us and any time you need to refer to that lesson.......(I dont really need to complete that)

Sid said...

Change will come to you, be you prepared for it or not. Helps to be adaptive to change. Read 'Future shock' recently that advocates this lesson on the lines of what you said in your post. It's an interesting read.

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Bastet said...

True. I agree. That there is a diff between something that you believe would have given u happiness and something that causes least pain. But, sometimes, it is just not in our hands that we get a chance to take up the 'happy' wala choice. And, u r forced to take the 'least unhappiness' one. The more we reminisce about what we lost, the more it would hurt. We should let bygones be bygones. At some point, we should learn to forgive ourselves for things we couldn't achieve, for the wrong decisions we made. As the wise Sunscreen song goes - your choices are half luck...